Join Katniss Beyond the Border of District 12 for a Hunger Games Adventure – iPad App Review

If you’ve read the Hunger Games books and watched the first movie and are desperate to learn more about Katniss Everdeen and her sister, Primrose’s, life while waiting for the film sequel, you’ll be able to spend time with Gale in the Deep Woods, buy bread from Peeta, and even assist Effie Trinket as you adventure alongside Kat in this fun adventure that has been a huge success as a Facebook game since it first released this past March.

Players start by selecting their avatar. You can choose your gender, pick an outfit, and name your character. Your adventurer will then be transported to District 12 to meet Katniss at the edge of the woods.

The game is based on a series of quests that give players experience points that allow them to level up. Each quest unlocks a new one that ultimately tells a story about life in District 12.

There are main quests that fall under the story’s “Chapters.” These missions tell the story of citizens in District 12 that need your help. At first, you will be trapping animals and bartering for clothe in the Hob. As the story progresses, you’ll be tasked with saving people from collapsed buildings, scaring away Tracker Jackets, and buying goods for Effie in the Marketplace.

  

In addition to Chapter quests, players take on side missions to improve their Forest Escape camp and increase their crafting skills. As you unlock new side quests, you will add new devices to your campsite that will help you collect items to use on other adventures.

The game is based on earning and spending energy points to perform actions. For example, one quest is to dig holes in the ground, looking for gems. Each time you tap the hole in the ground to search for a gem, it costs one energy point. Most actions expend one energy point. However, once you get to Chapter six, actions tend to cost more. So, you use up your energy points very fasts.

  

Players replenish one energy point every five minutes. So, if you run out, you just have to wait patiently for a couple of hours before playing again. If you don’t want to wait, you can buy district credits through in-app purchases that can be used to add more energy.

At the beginning of the game, there are fewer actions to take and less energy points to replenish, so you can play for quite a while before running out. However, once you’ve built a lot of additions onto your Forest Escape campsite, you’ll use up energy in just a few minutes. While playing the game, I found myself having to decide whether to continue Chapter quests, or deal with the items in my campsite. There just wasn’t enough energy for both.

  

After playing this game for about a week and a half, I find myself obsessing over what to do next. Every time I run out of energy points, I impatiently wait for as long as I can stand it before opening up the app and adventuring on. This game is almost as enthralling as the books are.

Speaking of the books. You don’t have to know the story of Katniss and District 12 in order to play this game. If you’ve never heard of the Hunger Games, you can still appreciate this adventure for its engaging quests and storytelling.

If you have read the book and want to buy the movie digitally, you can purchase it right from within the game.

  

What I liked: The engaging storyline keeps you involved in the adventure and makes you want to keep going, no matter what the cost. There are lots of different things to do in addition to completing the main tasks. This game is all encompassing and extremely well made.

What I didn’t like: You run out of energy points way to fast. I know that having in-app purchases help pay for the game, but at the rate that you run out of energy, you’d spend about $20 per hour to play without stopping.  I’d like to see them replenish faster. Maybe it could take three minutes per one point increase instead of five.

To buy or not to buy: Fans of quest-based adventure games will enjoy the deeply involved storyline. Fans of the Hunger Games series will love meeting and adventuring with their favorite characters from the book.

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About Lory: Writer of all things app related, traveler of the space-time continuum, baker of really great cookies. Follow me @appaholik

  • lorygil

    EL, The FB game has a few features that are easier on the pocketbook than the iPad version. Maybe the devs will integrate both games soon. I haven’t found the Capitol Seal yet, but searching around District 12 uncovers the various district seals.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=650871576 Casey Dokoupil

    Spoiler alert!!

    The Capitol seal is located at the station entrance in the Capitol train station.